LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – As many people gather with loved ones this week, one Pinellas county man is remembering his girlfriend. It’s been three months since the accident that killed one Pinellas county teacher, leaving her boyfriend, Sean Hankins behind.
“You wish that the reason why you were here wasn’t the reason why you were here,” said Hankins Saturday morning at the Walk Like MADD event at Largo Central Park.
Hankin’s life was turned upside down three months ago. He and his girlfriend Caroline Sine, both Pinellas county music teachers, were driving when they were hit by a drunk driver. They were rushed to the hospital, but Sine didn’t make it.
“I miss her a lot try to keep your mind occupied by work and supportive family and friends but the emptiness is still there,” said Hankins. Saturday he found that support with dozens at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Walk like Madd event. Many were there here to remember Sine.
“There [are] three teams for Caroline and it’s just wonderful how much of an impact she’s had on so many people, “said Hankins.
For Sine’s mother, she hopes to bring awareness to law’s in Florida she wants to see changed. “This was not his first DUI and we need to change that,” said Betsy Rosam, Sine’s mother.
And if nothing else, this community is hoping through their loss, they can encourage everyone this holiday season to not drink and drive because it left a hole they’re still trying to fill.
“You still miss her every day and probably more so now than earlier on,” said Hankins.
Sean Hankins continues to recover but returned to the classroom last month. The driver accused of hitting them Brice Macleod, faces several charges including DUI and manslaughter.